CA is a former Amma client. She was involved in many community projects in her home country and has experience of supporting vulnerable groups.

She is very passionate about giving back and is someone that others naturally migrate to. She has been involved with setting up the virtual peer groups within Amma and is a great advocate for our other clients.

Jamie Kinlochan


Jamie is an independent consultant, supporting individuals and organisations with their strategy and messaging. His work has involved policy changing engagement with the First Minister of Scotland, the production of a prime-time documentary and the delivery of a unique counselling service during lockdown.

Jamie was awarded a BEM in the New Year Honours list for his work during the COVID pandemic. He also serves on the board of SAMH, Scotland's national mental health charity.

Belinda McElhinney


Belinda has worked in the arts industry for 15 years, primarily as a producer, and recently became CEO of Imaginate, which promotes, develops and celebrates theatre and dance for children and young people in Scotland. Belinda's experiences within the arts have involved working with refugee communities for over a decade producing performance projects for Refugee Week, the Commonwealth Games and arts venues across Scotland.

In 2016 she founded Standing Tall Arts, raising funds to deliver an arts and cultural programme for young refugees who are unaccompanied minors seeking asylum in Scotland supported by the Scottish Guardianship Service.

Hannah Pearson


Hannah is a PhD candidate in Urban Studies at Heriot-Watt University. Her research focuses on the intersection of migration, sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in displacement.

She previously worked in policy and research roles for several organisations in Scotland's third sector, including most recently for the Scottish Refugee Council; as well as in frontline services in the violence against women sector. She is also a volunteer with the Abortion Support Network.

Hannah is committed to reproductive rights and justice, and is an advocate for access to trauma informed care in all aspects of the reproductive journey, particularly for women and pregnant people that society has marginalised.

Emma Simpson


Emma is a fundraising and events coordinator working in central Glasgow. After working across the public and third sectors in England, Emma moved up to Glasgow in 2017.

Emma grew up internationally in homes across Europe, America and Russia, bringing lived experience of growing up in immigrant communities and the structural privileges that affect life in a new country.

Emma is passionate about the intersection of vulnerabilities that create challenges for women and other pregnant people and has been volunteering with Amma since its formal beginnings.

Ross Purdie


Ross serves as Treasurer of Amma Birth Companions, which is his first volunteer role of this kind.

Originally a qualified accountant (ACMA), Ross has worked in a variety of corporate finance roles for large public companies in both the UK and Canada. He is currently President of Gemstone Logistics.

As a father of two, Ross has seen firsthand how a positive birth can impact both parents' and babies' well-being—making him a firm supporter of Amma's mission.

Geraldine Butcher

Trustee, Mentor

Geraldine has 38 years of maternity care experience (35 as a midwife) and recently retired from her post as consultant midwife in NHS Ayrshire and Arran. She has cared for many birthing people who are survivors of sexual abuse and birth trauma, which can result in a significant fear of birth, and has experience and expertise in supporting them through her work in specialist perinatal clinics.

Geraldine also acts as a mentor for our birth and postnatal companion volunteers, providing them with advice, emotional support and education.

Shogufta Haq

Trustee, Postnatal Companion

Shogufta has been working within Health Improvement for almost twenty years and has relevant experience of working with communities in tackling health inequalities. She has a strong understanding of the impact that these inequalities have on individuals’ physical, mental and psychological health.

Shogufta is passionate about removing the stigma surrounding health issues, particularly mental health, and has a desire to encourage people by providing them with the tools and confidence to live their lives to the fullest.

Shogufta also volunteers with Amma as a postnatal companion.

Pauline McCulloch


Pauline is a litigator at one of Scotland’s largest commercial law firms. Her advice is therefore usually required when things are going wrong, rather than right, supporting clients through the dispute process from both a commercial and strategic standpoint.

In her role at Amma, Pauline provides legal and strategic guidance to the Amma committee. As a mother, she can relate to the experience of childbirth and the months before and years after, and is particularly passionate about the support Amma can give to vulnerable parents and children who are managing the route to family life without the resources and support networks that so many of us may take for granted.

Vongayi Mufara


Vongayi is a former banking professional with a degree in banking and finance. She was previously supported by Amma during a complicated pregnancy in 2020. She has spoken in the media about her experience of baby loss and how Amma helped her through this incredibly difficult time in her life.

She is the Secretary for Information and Publicity of the UK Chapter of Restoration of Human Rights (ROHR) Zimbabwe and is involved in campaigns to end human rights violations and violence against women and girls in her home country of Zimbabwe.

Sarah Scarlett


As a practicing midwife, Sarah has seen first-hand the positive impact of Amma’s support. She currently works as a community midwife within NHSGGC and also has experience in all aspects of antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care.

Sarah volunteered in Athens with Amurtel, a charitable organisation focused on caring for asylum seekers and refugees who are pregnant or have recently given birth. She provided midwifery care and education relating to all aspects of sexual and reproductive health, infant feeding and parentcraft. The experiences she gained during this time provided her with a real insight into the day to day lives, struggles and complexities of these individuals’ lives, as well as a deeper understanding of previously unfamiliar cultural norms and expectations surrounding pregnancy and childbirth.

Sarah believe passionately in the role Amma has in improving the lives and welfare of vulnerable women and birthing people.

Financial Statement

Our financial statement for the year ended March 31, 2021.
The full statement is available to download.